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Grants to Tennessee Health Nonprofits for Unrestricted Operational Support

Operating Grant


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Funding Source
The Healing Trust
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Geographic Focus
USA: Tennessee: Middle Tennessee

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/13/21 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to Tennessee nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for operational expenditures. Funding is intended to provide unrestricted support to organizations offering compassionate health services to underserved populations. Eligible organizations must have a physical location in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee.

All grant proposals should display and emphasize respect for the dignity of all persons. Applying organizations must have sustainable programs that fit into one or more of the Healing Trust's areas of interest and provide direct clinical services:*

  1. Physical Health (Must provide direct clinical services, caregiver support, or health system navigation through the Get Covered TN initiative to apply under physical health)
  2. Mental Health
  3. Recovery from Substance Abuse
  4. Healing from Abuse, Neglect, or Violence

*Direct clinical services are services that are provided to clients by medical professionals.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants are only made to non-profit organizations with locations in Middle Tennessee that have been in operation as a 501(c)(3) for at least one year and that operate health-related programs that produce measurable health outcomes or advocate for healthcare access. Applying organizations must also have operating expenses of less than $20 million and the majority of the organization’s programs must be health-focused. Additionally, the organization must serve clients that have limited access to resources and have at least one year of financial statements. The Trust will consider agencies using a fiscal agent on a case-by-case basis. National organizations must have a Tennessee-based board, separate financial statements (including a 990 or an audit), and a location in Middle Tennessee in order to be eligible to apply.

The Trust does not fund:

- Capital projects: purchase, construction, or renovation of facilities
- Individuals and fraternal organizations
- Other grant-making organizations
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies or practices
- Partisan politics, political lobbying, or electoral campaigns
- Single disease, research-oriented organizations
- Organizations whose purpose is to raise money for another nonprofit
- National organizations without Middle TN based staff, board, and independent financials.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map of the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee, see:

Pre-Application Information
2021 Deadlines:

1st Quarter Grant Cycle:

- Application opens: December 13, 2020
- Deadline: January 13, 2021
- Applicant Notification: February 17, 2021
- Grant Term Start Date: April 1, 2021

2nd Quarter Grant Cycle:

- Application opens: March 28, 2021
- Deadline: April 28, 2021
- Applicant Notification: June 23, 2021
- Grant Term Start Date: July 1, 2021

3rd Quarter Grant Cycle:

- Application opens: July 4, 2021
- Deadline: August 4, 2021
- Applicant Notification: September 15, 2021
- Grant Term Start Date: October 1, 2021

4th Quarter Grant Cycle:

- Application opens: September 13, 2021
- Deadline: October 13, 2021
- Applicant Notification: December 8, 2021
-Grant Term Start Date: January 1, 2022

All proposals are due by 4 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Applicants must have a completed profile on GivingMatters™ by the deadline.

Grant proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applicants are allowed to apply only twice per year (i.e., if an applicant is not awarded a grant the first time that they apply, they may make one more application attempt within a 12 month period.)

Applicants must also have their own statement of inclusiveness or non-discrimination. Please review The Trust’s Statement of Inclusiveness prior to making an application to ensure that the potential applicant organization and its programs are consistent with inclusion:

How to Apply:

Eligibility Criteria:


Estimated Size of Grant
Request amounts must follow the guidelines based on the size of the agency’s budget (operating expenses) for the most current budget year. If your organizational budget is less than $35,000, please contact a member of the program team to discuss potential funding.

2021 Request Amounts:

- Agency budget size: $35,000 – $299,999
Max request amount: $20,000

- Agency budget size: $300,000 – $999,999
Max request amount: $40,000

- Agency budget size: $1,000,000 - $1,999,999
Max request amount: $50,000

- Agency budget size: $2,000,000 and above
Max request amount: $60,000

Term of Contract
Grants are awarded for one-year terms.

Grant Term Start Date: October 1, 2021

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please contact:

- Meredith Benton, for questions about Operating Grants that address healing from abuse, neglect, and violence, at (615) 284-8271 ext 116.

- Catherine Smith, for questions about Operating Grants that address recovery from substance abuse, at (615) 284-8271 ext 121.

- Sam Jackson, for questions about Operating Grants that address physical health and mental health at (615) 284-8271 ext 112.

The Healing Trust
2928 Sidco Drive
Nashville, TN 37204

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